United States Technologies Inc., Fair Lawn, New Jersey, is being awarded a $16,428,130 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to procure hardware and services in support of the Airborne Threat Simulation program for the Air Force. Hardware and services being procured include: one First Article Radio Frequency Module #1 MD-1360/ULQ-21(V); one First Article Radio Frequency Module #2 MD-1367/ULQ-21(V); 300 each Production Radio Frequency Module #1 MD-1360/ULQ-21(V); 180 each Radio Frequency Module #2 MD-1367/ULQ-21(V); teardown and evaluations; repairs; modifications; modification repair/materials; and technical data in support of test and evaluation and training missio
We had an enthusiastic panel who held no punches in sharing their thoughts on the state of government procurement during a panel at AFCEA International's TechNet Air symposium in San Antonio.
Governmentwide acquisition contracts (GWACs) provide government procurement officers with a streamlined procurement process that saves money and time. Network-Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) motto is “Warfighter First, Taxpayer Always” according to Robert “Gerry” Smothers, the contract vehicle’s program manager.
Modern Technology Solutions Inc., Alexandria, Virginia, was awarded a $63,799,786 cost-plus-fixed-fee, multi-year contract to support distributed digital simulation, with an estimated completion date of March 1, 2021. Funding and work location will be determined with each order. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-16-D-0017).
My venture to San Antonio is fast approaching and the agenda for AFCEA International's TechNet Air 2016 gets stronger by the day. It's easy to be lured by the obvious draws: Deborah Lee James, secretary of the Air Force; Brig. Gen. Robert LaBrutta, USAF, commander 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio; Maj. Gen.
I recently chatted with a member of AFCEA International and he mentioned he was in search of a biometrics firm to round out his team competing for a new contract. AFCEA International provides a valuable resource to narrow the scope of prospects. Corporate members can advertise their companies’ overview, clients, products, services, contract vehicles, North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes and small business status in AFCEA's corporate directory. This is an open resource for government and industry to narrow searches based on immediate needs.
Sometimes, it's the simplest of ideas that can draw out the biggest change. This week, AFCEA International hosted a small business event that fostered some great conversations on hiring, business focus and capture strategies.
My favorite quote of the afternoon came from Barbara Gray, CEO of Gray Matters Technology: "In the federal marketplace, IT companies are like liquor stores, you can find one on every corner."
Her point? Determine how you plan to differentiate yourself from everyone else.
AFCEA International will host an event February 9 that offers theoretical and practical information on how to move from being a subcontractor to a prime contractor in the federal market space.
I had the pleasure of recently meeting Ellen Meinhart, an international trade manager for the Northern Virginia office of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), who provided an overview of opportunities available to Virginia-based small businesses to expand their portfolios to include international trade.
BCF Solutions Inc., Chantilly, Virginia (FA8730-16-D-0004); IGOV Technologies Inc., Reston, Virginia (FA8730-16-D-0007); People Tec Inc., Huntsville, Alabama (FA8730-16-D-0009); Pelatron Inc., Honolulu, Hawaii (FA8730-16-D-0012); Smartronix Inc., Hollywood, Maryland (FA8730-16-D-0013); and BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services Inc., Rockville, Maryland, have been awarded contracts under the Platform for Engineering and Integration of Tactical and Strategic Systems (PEIT
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is now accepting proposals for its upcoming Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program for fiscal year 2016. The Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) jointly issued the solicitation. S&T and DNDO are seeking technical solutions from small businesses in 13 topic areas. The pre-solicitation is available online.
The Defense Department is revamping its mentor-protege program to better match big and small business relationships so those partnerships better meet military needs, requirements and major defense acquisition programs, said Rob Stewart, the program’s manager.
Outreach efforts by individual services such as the Army and Navy adequately address issues of meeting mission needs, he said. But harnessing small business innovation—and connecting small businesses to larger businesses that can teach them the ropes—requires more of a concerted focus from higher levels within the department, Stewart said.
Progeny Systems Corp., Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded a $7,736,483 modification to previously awarded contract N00024-14-C-6294 to exercise an option for engineering and technical services for information assurance (IA) solutions. Progeny Systems Corp. shall continue formulation of IA solutions and integrate them into commercial-off-the-shelf-based combat and network systems. The effort of this contract involves custom application of the generic IA tool-set to satisfy combat system configuration specific requirements.
Mercury Defense Systems, Inc., Cypress, California, is being awarded a $41,802,436 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for 200 miniaturized I/J band digital radio frequency memory modulators (Mini DRFMs) and their associated repairs and evaluations. The Mini DRFM is a state-of-the-art electronic and radio frequency device that produces high-fidelity threat simulator systems for test and evaluation and training missions.
Small businesses doing work for the U.S. Defense Department pose serious cybersecurity concerns, in part because of their limited resources to invest in technical and practiced security measures, according to a congressional oversight agency’s assessment.
KDH Defense Systems Inc.,* Eden, North Carolina (W91CRB-16-D-0003); and Point Blank Enterprises Inc., Pompano Beach, Florida (W91CRB-16-D-0004), were awarded a $14,601,731 firm-fixed-price, multi-year, contractor-shared contract for up to 35,000 Light Air Warrior systems. Bids were solicited via the Internet with six received. Funding and work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of Oct. 19, 2018. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Breaking into the federal marketplace presents daunting challenges for small businesses, so panelists with inside know-how have offered tips to help smooth the arduous path for a business shot at government spending.
Hire talented proposal writers, learn the federal process, reach out to contracting officers for legitimate concerns and take advantage of agency small business directors, advised a panel of four experts.
Small business leaders must also invest time to draft and submit the otherwise burdensome requests for information, or RFIs, a process some said must fall into “a black hole” since rarely do they see any results.
The U.S. Defense Department’s Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) has explored some options, such as online training videos, to integrate cybersecurity into its existing efforts, but as of July had not yet identified and disseminated cybersecurity resources in its outreach and education efforts to defense small businesses, according to a recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Modern Technology Solutions Inc., Alexandria, Virginia, has been awarded a $24,998,436 Small Business Innovation Research III sole-source, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Rapid Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Technology Integration Program effort. Contractor will extend the sensor resource management system developed in Phase I for the Missile Defense Agency and apply it to the integration of air, ground and space sensor systems and their associated platforms to provide ISR data products. Work will be performed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico; and Alexandria, Virginia, and is expected to be complete by September 17, 2019.
Scientific Systems Co. Inc., Woburn, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $6,600,242 firm-fixed-price Small Business Innovation Research III contract for advanced navigation common capability (ANCC). Contractor will expand upon ANCC previous work by generalizing the process of integrating the technology into weapon systems. Work will be performed at Woburn, Massachusetts, and is expected to be complete by September 14, 2017. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2015 research and development funds in the amount of $6,600,242 are being obligated at the time of award.
R.A. Miller Industries Inc., a woman-owned small business, Grand Haven, Michigan, has been awarded a maximum $8,730,080 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of antenna long manpack assemblies. This was a competitive acquisition with three responses received. This is a five-year base contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Michigan, with a September 11, 2020, performance completion date. Using service is the Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal year 2015 Army working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland (SPRBL1-15-D-0021).